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Cyclist in stable condition after hitting truck

A cyclist is loaded into an ambulance after a collision with a pickup on Ryan Road Thursday night. The incident had Ryan Road closed to all traffic for several hours. - CTV News Vancouver Island
A cyclist is loaded into an ambulance after a collision with a pickup on Ryan Road Thursday night. The incident had Ryan Road closed to all traffic for several hours.
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A 28-year-old Courtenay man is in stable condition at the Victoria General Hospital following an accident on his BMX-style bike hitting a pickup truck Thursday evening at the intersection of Ryan and Back roads.

Don Sinclair of the Comox Valley RCMP said the incident occurred at 8:17 p.m. when police responded to find the man unresponsive and unconscious in the middle of the intersection.

"The investigation revealed (along) with witnesses on scene, the cyclist was going westbound on Ryan Road and came up to Back Road where the pickup truck had just started into the intersection on a green light, and he ran into the side of the pickup truck," explained Sinclair.

The man, who police estimate was going around 60 km/h downhill and was not wearing a helmet, was taken to St. Joseph's General Hospital and airlifted to Victoria and is currently in ICU.

Sinclair noted the driver of the truck was very upset, but will not be charged, although there is a possibility there will be charges laid against the cyclist.

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